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Akamai warns: SMB security remains major risk

Security offerings for small businesses need to look more like those offered to enterprises, according to Akamai global security senior director Fran Trentley. Speaking to The Register while in Sydney for the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Trentley said SMBs are increasingly seen as attack targets, and that poses a …

Despite your fancy-schmancy security tech, passwords still weakest link in IT defences

The use of stolen login credentials continues to be the most common way for network intruders to access sensitive information. Two out of three breaches were the result of weak or swiped passwords, making a case for strong two-factor authentication, according to Verizon’s latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2014

Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

Microsoft has released a security patch to squash a bug in Windows that hackers are exploiting to compromise whole networks of computers. Redmond said today a vulnerability (MS14-068) in the Kerberos authentication system, used by default in the operating system, allows a normal user to ramp up their privileges and access rights …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Nov 2014

Firing range for infosec testing opens in Canberra

After six months' of preparation, the University of New South Wales has opened a cyber-security research centre in Canberra it says is designed to bring together academia, government, defence and business expertise. Sensibly, instead of having students with black-hat tendencies an interest in computer security practise on …
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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

+Comment The UK government last week partnered with 12 insurance companies to develop the "cyber-insurance" market. But experts are split on whether encouraging the development of the nascent market will result in the adoption of improved security practices. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said that while cyber insurance adds an …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2014
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McAfee bolsters risk management with Preventsys buy

Net security firm McAfee has acquired risk management and security compliance firm Preventsys for an undisclosed amount. The deal, announced Tuesday, is designed to enhance McAfee's risk management portfolio while helping it tap into the growing market for products that help corporates establish compliance with stricter …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2006

Not just telcos, THOUSANDS of companies share data with US spies

The slides leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden named nine companies that allegedly share data with US intelligence agencies, but according to a new report, the actual number of firms that collaborate with US spies may be much larger. Try thousands of them. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that information …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jun 2013
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China breaks ceasefire, restarts hacking US government

After a three-month hiatus, Chinese hackers are once again targeting US government sites, according to government officials and the security firm that first uncovered the attacks. "They dialed it back for a little while, though other groups that also wear uniforms didn't even bother to do that," Kevin Mandia, the chief executive …
Iain Thomson, 21 May 2013
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IBM launches $1.5bn IT security push

IBM has launched a major push to grow its presence in the information security market. The initiative is centered around two particular areas - compliance and content control - and weaves together technologies from recent IBM acquisitions Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Watchfire with technologies developed inhouse, many …
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2007
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People - not products - are most important to security

People and processes are more important than security products in securing enterprise systems, according to a global survey of IT security pros published on Wednesday. The third annual Global Information Security Workforce Study, sponsored by security certification organisation (ISC)2 and carried out by IDC, saw punters listing …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2006
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Security firm punctures Vista's Patchguard

Analysis Security vendor Authentium has discovered a mechanism to get around Microsoft's controversial Patchguard kernel protection technology, which is due to ship in the 64-bit version of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system. Microsoft has criticised the move, claiming it puts Windows customers at risk, and vows to modify …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2006
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McAfee snaps up Secure Computing

McAfee is buying smaller IT security rival Secure Computing for $465m in cash. Secure Computing is best known for its firewall and security appliances product lines but more recently it has been busy on the acquisition front, most recently with a deal to buy user control firm Securify for $20m earlier this month. Prior to that …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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McAfee erects Citadel

McAfee has agreed to buy a majority stake in security policy compliance firm Citadel Security in a deal valued at $60m. The deal is designed to bolster McAfee's capabilities in the area of policy enforcement and vulnerability remediation. The deal will allow McAfee to compete more effectively with competitors such as Symantec, …
John Leyden, 03 Oct 2006
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McAfee ties up SafeBoot buy for $350m

McAfee has stumped up $350m to buy data encryption and access control vendor SafeBoot. The deal, announced Monday, allows McAfee to offer a broader range of end-point security products and services to its enterprise clients as well as offering enhanced mobile phone security products to handset manufacturers and telcos. SafeBoot …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2007
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Why Vista will take a back seat for a few years

Comment Vista is a step forward in security, but many businesses will be stuck with Windows XP for years to come, due to the cost of upgrading, the value of existing assets, and compatibility issues that trump security features. As I write this, Microsoft is launching the consumer version of Vista in New York, apparently with dancers …
Kelly Martin, 01 Feb 2007
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Securing the world for lost, bio-diesel car drivers

Letters A varied haul this week, that's for sure. We've got thoughts on security, women and Microsoft certification, technology and education, and of course, the question of whether or not cats should be used to make fuel. It seems this last one is a real opinion divider. Still, before we descend into the dungeons of daftness, let's …
Lucy Sherriff, 16 Sep 2005